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For the past 19 years I have been dealing with IBS. For the first 10 - 15 it was very manageable and didn't bother me too much. Since having my children 8 years and 5 years ago it has changed and gotten much worse. It used to always be bad stomachaches ending in diahrrea. Then I would have a hard time eating for half a day or so. After the kids were born, it would start up when I had to get up to feed them in the middle of the night. Now, of course, I don't have to get up in the middle of the night anymore, but when I wake up around 4 - 6 am and roll over or move the very loud rumbles start and cramps soon after that. Sometimes with nausea. When I actually get up at 7 to get the kids ready for school, it all goes away and Ihave a normal painless bowel movement, however usually followed by bloating and nausea. Except this morning it was what I call a gutbuster ending in diarrhea. I have been on carafate, a medicine for inflammation of the stomach, which has taken care of the morning diarrhea (except this morning). It cause constipation. My questions are:

Can constipation cause gas to get trapped? I have a really hard time burping and passing it the other way.
The gas I do manage to pass (excuse this) usually smells pretty bad, like rotten eggs or something.

Can trapped gas and constipation or slowed colon activity and I guess faster colon activity at times, cause nausea?

Can really bad cramps cause nausea?

Can gas get trapped at night while you're sleeping and not moving much?

I guess you can see that I have a lot of nausea too. It is a full bloated can't burp type of nausea. This morning the cramps were so bad it hurt all the way up to my chest. It was like my whole digestive tract was one big cramp. Is that possible?

My last question is does anyone ever notice a change in their bowel movements or stomach problems in the spring and fall? My doctor told me that people who have problems with these things tend to be worse in the spring and fall. Anyone else? Also does the color of the bowel movement mean anything? Does the color of foods you eat have any bearing on that? For example light colored foods such as bread, chicken, applesauce, macaroni and cheese etc. cause light colored (yellowish) bowel movements? Dark foods like chocolate, red meats etc cause dark colored movements?
I know that grape things and red and blue food coloring foods can cause green.

Sorry to ramble on, but any comments would be appreciated. I'm pretty much at my wits end. I know some of this is graphic, but my doctor just shrugs it off when I ask him so I figured it doesn't mean much or else he doesn't know. Please help.

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